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'Poore broaken propertyes' : Rochester and the crisis of aristocratic authority

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'Poore broaken propertyes' : Rochester and the crisis of aristocratic authority

Woodford, Gillian (2000) 'Poore broaken propertyes' : Rochester and the crisis of aristocratic authority. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This study is an exploration of the socio-economic implications of John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester's libertine poetic expression in the context of his function as a Restoration court poet at the junction of the incipient economic revolution and the final decline of the political and ideological influence of the aristocracy. This is achieved by locating his place in literary history through comparison with earlier Renaissance writers and his interpretation of established literary forms, especially those traditionally associated with court literature. The specific topics explored are Rochester's use of Augustan wit as a function of aristocratic authority, and his transformation of the pastoral idiom in light of the changing perception of property in the late seventeenth century.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > English
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Woodford, Gillian
Pagination:iv, 111 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:English
Date:2000
Thesis Supervisor(s):Pask, Kevin
ID Code:1267
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:18
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:19
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